Master of Science in Information Systems – Bridge

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Pivot to a career in technology

Information systems professionals are the knowledge link between business users and technologists. They operate with an understanding of the complexities of engineering, IT management, and business. This integrated, sociotechnical skill set is ideal for students and professionals of all backgrounds who are interested in pivoting to an engineering career.
Northeastern University’s Master of Science in Information Systems — Bridge transitions students with non-STEM bachelor’s degrees into the standard MSIS curriculum through an initial series of foundational engineering courses. No programming background, pre-calculus, or higher-level math is required.

As industries launch into a digitized future, professionals with a clear understanding of how technology can be used to address large societal challenges are in demand. Students with nontechnical backgrounds and professional experiences are uniquely positioned to combine the perspectives of engineering and their chosen industry.

Through an innovative curriculum and rigorous academic program, students will become problem-solvers who design groundbreaking software solutions. You’ll customize your course of study through electives and a choice of several concentrations.

Your degree will involve a deep level of applied learning with project-based case studies in every course. We also encourage students to plan internships or co-ops as part of their time at Northeastern, and the course is structured to allow flexible scheduling to accommodate work placements.


Northeastern’s master’s in information systems program allows each student to prepare for the career that fits their own aptitudes and interests. You will choose from five concentrations:

● General Information Systems
● User Experience
● Big Data Systems and Analytics
● Smart Contracts
● Intelligent Systems

The San Jose campus also offers a blockchain specialization track for students interested in earning their master’s with a focus on cryptocurrency, decentralized cloud storage, digital security, smart contracts, and other distributed ledger applications.

Innovative Curriculum

Two preparatory courses give students the engineering foundation to begin the in-depth curriculum standard to all MSIS candidates. You’ll take courses specifically designed to bridge your current professional pursuits with the background and industry knowledge needed to advance to information technology leadership.

The program offers a wide range of courses that reflect current and future industry trends:

● Cryptocurrency and Smart Contract Engineering
● Engineering of Big Data Systems
● Business Intelligence and Data Analytics
● Cybersecurity Engineering and Development
● Digital Business
● Full-Stack Software Engineering
● User Experience Design
● Data Science and Machine Learning Systems Engineering

Who should apply?

The MSIS — Bridge program is designed to help anyone with at least a bachelor’s degree pivot into a career in information systems, in particular, those who graduated in the humanities or soft sciences. The initial preparatory courses will provide the foundation for the classes that follow; no prerequisites are required.

Course format

MSIS is offered in person at our San Jose campus. Students may study full time or part time. The program is 36 semester hours and may be completed in two and a half years with a full-time schedule or longer to accommodate flexible scheduling.

The program is also offered at Northeastern’s Boston campus.

Program goals

Northeastern’s MS in Information Systems — Bridge program is dedicated to preparing you with the complex skills you need—programming, design, and architecture, as well as strong communication and leadership abilities—to succeed in the rapidly changing technological and business world of today and the future.

Graduates of the bridge program will be prepared to address complex and interdisciplinary sociotechnical problems in a variety of industries.

Career outcomes

Our graduates are hired by industry leaders and companies large and small in industries all over the globe. MSIS — Bridge confers the same Master of Science in Information Systems degree as a traditional MSIS program.

Recent graduates are working in the fields that include:

● Software design and development
● Business intelligence
● Product management
● Data architecture
● UI/UX design
● IT management
● Machine learning and AI
● Full-stack engineering
● Blockchain and smart contracts

The Bay Area metro region is one of the most well-compensated job markets for engineers, with the median income 119–122% higher than the national average.*

*CompTIA, 2022

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